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Category Archives: Enjoying parenting

This Valentine’s Day, Commit to 4 Goals….


Commit to your relationships with 4 simple goals….. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Walking into Target, the aisles are full of pink and red and signage promising if you purchase this your Valentine will forever be yours! Yes, Valentine’s Day may be a marketing ploy more than a real day to celebrate love, …

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Joyful parenting….be mindful


Parenting is a gift….there is not doubt about it.   It is a difficult job, no doubt about it. Days can feel very long and mundane no doubt about it. Society tells us we should be tired, we should be less happy raising children than our childless counter parts. Studies show us that stressed unhappy parents …

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“We always do that!” Why Family Tradition is Important!


Our “traditional” Christmas tree.  A little more “perfectly” decorated than years past….there are ornaments even on the bottom of the tree now!  If we are smart we listen to our children when they say “That is how we always do it!” or “That is what we always do!” even when we have only done it …

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2020, will our holidays be different?


2020, the year everything is a little different, even the holidays!  What have we learned from the year of Covid-19?  I hope we have learned that “things” are not as important as relationships…that simple is more rewarding than elaborate….that respect of feelings different than our own is essential….that perfection is never a realistic option….that gratefulness brings optimism, …

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Are you a worry wart? Learn to stop so you can enjoy parenting.


  If you worry about what might be…and wonder what might have been…you will ignore what is. Anonymous I admit it, I worry.  I may even call myself a worry wart.  Over the years, I have worried over some pretty silly things.  Did it matter that my daughter wanted to wear a pink dress up tutu …

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What is in your discipline “bag of tricks”?


What is in your discipline bag of tricks? It was 7:30 am and my day was in full swing. I was chasing a two year old trying to get him dressed again. It is barely an hour into the day and I felt like I was on the verge of yelling and a time out …

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Protecting your child from bug bites


Protection from ticks and mosquitoes is important for your child! Today is beautiful, and I hope most of you have your children outside at some point!  Children both love and NEED to be outdoors.  Outside activity is an important part of a healthy child’s life, and it helps children get good and tired too!  I …

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Get a little dirty…it is time to garden!


  It is that time of year when I am doing a bit of grumbling about all the yard work, but also looking forward to getting my perennial beds cleared and blooming, my cut flower bed planted and preparing my vegetable garden for this summer’s crop of tomatoes, beans and of course sunflowers.  I definitely …

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“Mommy time out” a must!


Do you need a Mommy Time Out??  Sometimes cabin fever can result in a little Mommy overload.  Remember, you can carve out a few moments for a “time out” if you try.  This will allow you then to give yourself totally to your child again without feeling “put out” about it!  How can you do …

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The “how to” of the discipline process


  Remember our mantra:  “Attention is attention to a child whether it is negative or positive, attention to a behavior reinforces it!”  And  “Consistency is the key.” A few pointers to start: 1.  Set realistic guidelines. Know your child’s developmental stage. As a parent, you may want your child to share his toys with friends, …

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